News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Herrera (202) 478-4665


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has named Robert L. Moran as their new director of federal relations.

Moran will be responsible for coordinating and advocating AASCU’s federal policy positions with Congress, the Obama Administration, federal agencies and other higher education organizations. His advocacy priorities will also include issues related to federal student financial aid, teacher education and veteran education.

Moran comes to AASCU from the U. S. Department of Education where he worked in the office of the Under Secretary managing the development of various administration policies. Moran’s most recent focus was in the area of Title IV programs, which included all of the newly implemented and announced lending programs, the lender-of-last-resort (especially as it relates to federal advances), the administration's regulations around inducements, and simplification of the federal aid system.

“AASCU is extraordinarily fortunate to have a professional with credentials exemplified by Robert Moran join the government relations division,” said Edward Elmendorf, senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis at AASCU. “Moran's work for over 12 years on Capitol Hill and his extensive experience in public policy analysis while serving the U. S. Department of Education will help AASCU and its presidents in fulfilling our mission to deliver America’s promise.”  

Moran has also served as legislative director for Pennsylvania Congressmen Robert Walker and John Peterson. Moran holds a Bachelor of Science from Dickinson College, where he majored in political science and mathematics.


AASCU is the leadership association of 430 public colleges and universities Delivering America’s Promise through their common commitments to access, affordability and educational opportunity. Enrolling more than 3 million students, these institutions fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the public good through education, stewardship and engagement, thereby improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their state.